Popular murder mystery musicals are surprisingly scarce. While there are a few, such as The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Curtains that are routinely produced, others such as Nick & Nora and Baker Street are rarely put on by theatre companies.
Kyle Abraham took us in his arms and invited us in with three intimate pieces danced by his superb A.I.M (Abraham.In.Motion) company at the Balboa Theatre on Thursday. Then, before anyone could get too comfortable, he ignited the stage with the propulsive, hip hop-flavored “Drive.” The program also offered a rare treat: Abraham himself, filling in—in “The Quiet Dance”—for a company member who couldn’t perform that night.
Being relatable has helped many humorists develop a loyal and devoted fan base. One writer who made a career of connecting with others was the newspaper columnist, Erma Bombeck.
Sunday’s program at the Museum of Photographic Arts, a tempting buffet of stylish, jazz-inflected bossa nova selections, demonstrated again the laudable versatility of the chamber ensemble Camarada.
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